Our gift choices have an impact on people other than those we’re buying for, as well as on the environment. We’ve put together a selection of ethical ideas to inspire you with your shopping this Christmas.
We have a number of fairs coming up around the diocese where you can stock up on gifts and soak up the festive atmosphere.
- The Bay Christmas Bazaar, a low-waste event, will be on from 10am till 2pm on Saturday 7 December at St Jude’s hall, 68 Freyberg St, Lyall Bay. Bring cash, keep cups, and containers.
Shop in person:
- If you’re in the city, the Cathedral Gift Shop is well worth a visit. It’s usually open from 10 till 4 Mon-Thurs and Sat, 11-2 Fri, after Sunday morning services, and otherwise by appointment (with firstname.lastname@example.org). It’s a beautiful little shop that sells fair trade products, NZ crafts, and Christian resources.
- Trade Aid is a well-known stockist of fair-trade products and gifts. One way you could support fair trade throughout the year is to set up an account to order your church’s tea and coffee supplies through them.
- Refreshed sells handmade earrings from Levin designers.
- Bags, aprons, and clothing are available at Liminal – these are made by FreeSet, CommonGood, and the Loyal Workshop, which employ vulnerable women in India under fair-trade working conditions.
- Joe McMenamin (an artist married to Rev. Sarah McMenamin of St John’s in Feilding) is selling his beautiful art prints, Christmas cards, and other products.
- Merry Mashi Christmas decorations are made by elderly women in Kolkata (available for group orders only at this stage).
- There’s a new book out about bishop Eddie Norman, written by his daughter, Elizabeth Kay.
- Thalia at Sacraparental has a comprehensive resource that you’ll want to bookmark: 47 Christmas Gifts That Can Change the World.